While outside a group of protesters confronted with the police, the Buenos Aires Legislative Assembly debated on Thursday the project that creates UniCABA, a university for educational training in the City of Buenos Aires that will replace the 29 institutes of state training so far.
Earlier in the day a small group of protesters identified with MST flags pulled a fence and stood face-to-face with local police who responded by firing pepper. In addition, some opposition lawmakers came out to support the protest.
The Legislative is totally closed and all access is cut off. There is a lot of police presence, with riot trucks and patrol cars.
Maximiliano Ferraro, The legislator of Vamos Juntos and head of the Education Commission explained to Clarín that this project aims to "improve and try to have educational policies to prioritize teacher training. It has two objective purposes, one to establish the objective purposes of the rights and obligations of the Ministry Education and Teacher Training Institutes and also the construction of an evaluation and statistical system. We want to build a culture of evaluation. "
Meanwhile, the Buenos Aires Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, criticized the protests: "The educational community is something else, it is in the classroom teaching and learning today, it is a group that screams loudly but there is a large majority that agrees "he said on Miter radio.
The controversy comes from last year: when in November of last year the government that leads Horacio Rodríguez Larreta He presented the project, provoked rejection and resistance in both state and private professors and in the Church (responsible for 20 institutes) because it involved its dissolution.
After the negative reactions, the Government modified the initiative and this year sent a second version of the bill to the Legislature. However, it is also rejected by students and teachers.
Discussions between protesters and city police. (Luciano Thieberger)
The keys to the project
– A new university of teacher training is created, UniCABA, which will coexist with existing teacher training institutes or teachers. Thus, those who want to train for teachers can choose between this public university and the offer of tertiary, public and private.
– The new UniCABA will be organized in 2019. In the first months of next year will be indicated the normalizing rector and the management team, who will have to elaborate the institutional project and follow the habilitation procedures. The first entries would begin in the second half of 2019 and the first students would start studying in 2020.
– a process of teacher evaluation. They will create the first assessment agency – with the participation of the faculty – whose mission will be to define the indicators, standards and metrics of the tests. This agency will be headed by Mariano Palamidessi, current director of the National Institute of Educational Evaluation of Uruguay.
– The private institutes will not be forced to use the administrative system of computers that also establishes the project, which the 29 state teachers will have to adapt. This digital platform will allow the authorities to know the number of students and teachers that teachers have. Private teachers can continue to use their systems as long as they submit the necessary data to the authorities: this information is critical because enrollment is linked to subsidies.
Incidents in front of the Legislative. (Luciano Thieberger)
– Opposition lawmakers question the bill. They claim that he resorts to hierarchical and modernization arguments, but in reality seeks to slowly destroy public teachers by dismantling them and undoing them with the creation of a university. For the experts consulted by Clarín, this project is better than the first draft presented last year, but they point out that the conflict and the lack of dialogue have caused the opportunity to build a more consensus initiative to be lost.
The opposition did not get a quorum to deal with on its own initiative
On the other hand, Lopponents blockades in the Buenos Aires Legislature they were unable to raise the quorum necessary to handle a series of educational records in a special session.
Convened at 10 o'clock in the morning, it was expected that the special session would not thrive due to the lack of a quorum, something that finally became apparent after 10.30, when the 1st vice-president of the organ, Francisco Quintana, he raised for accounting only 25 lawmakers in the enclosures of the 31 necessary to hold sessions.
The president of the bloc, Agustin Forchieri, sent a note to the site saying that "Vamos Juntos" would not be added to the meeting, which ruled out any possibility of the session being held.